The Surprising Rise of Plastic Surgery Among Millennials

The face of plastic surgery is changing. Millennials now make up a large portion of plastic surgery candidates — perhaps because of the influence of social media, or millennials’ ability to recover from surgery quickly. Maybe the lack of stigma surrounding plastic surgery in a younger generation plays a role in the uptick of requests.

If you are wondering which procedures millennials are requesting, one of the answers might surprise you. Requests for dimpleplasty, or a procedure to create dimples in the face, have tripled over the past few years, according to an article published by Allure.

Here, Joshua Greenwald explains this trendy procedure and what it entails.

Understanding Dimpleplasty

Dimples are considered by many to be a desirable facial trait in both men and women. Celebrities like Jennifer Garner, Miranda Kerr and One Direction’s Harry Styles have enviable natural dimples. Some cultures believe dimples signify good fortune.

Natural dimples occur when there is a tight connection between the facial muscles and the underside of the skin that creates a small indentation in the cheeks. When the facial muscles flex to smile, they tug at the skin and the dimple appears.

For those not born with dimples, dimpleplasty promises to create dimples in a quick, relatively inexpensive outpatient procedure.

First, the location of the dimple is carefully planned out prior to surgery. The plastic surgeon can mark the face where the dimple is to be created, and patients can determine whether they like the placement.

During the procedure, a small incision is created in the cheek muscle in the pre-determined location. The muscle is attached to the underside of the skin. An internal suture anchors the dimple to its appropriate location and as the suture dissolves, scar tissue forms to keep it in place.

Dimpleplasty takes about half an hour and does not require general anesthesia.

There is usually slight swelling and soreness after surgery, and the cheeks might also feel tight. Results can be seen almost immediately after surgery; they are often more pronounced right after surgery, relaxing over time. When the facial muscles contract to smile, the dimple appears.

Schedule a Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation

If you would like to discuss dimpleplasty or another facial plastic surgery procedure with trusted New York City plastic surgeon Joshua Greenwald, call or email our practice today.

Dr. Joshua Greenwald is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who studied and trained at prestigious educational institutions including Columbia University, Emory University, and New York University School of Medicine. His keen aesthetic eye and refined surgical techniques have led him to be a top choice for cosmetic face, breast, and body procedures in NYC. His exceptional patient care has earned him the distinction of “Top Doc” by both Westchester Magazine and Castle & Connolly for over 10 years running. Dr. Greenwald is an active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and the Westchester County Medical Society.